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Girls win big at Google science fair

Google announced the winners of its first science fair this week — with girls taking

Girls took home the top prizes at the Google’s first science fair, serving as a much-needed reminder of the importance of encouraging talented girls and women to stay in a field where they have been historically underrepresented.

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Trending secret sneaker lust, and other uses of Google Correlate

We search, therefore we are? Google’s new Correlate makes connections between what we are searching for online and in life, among other uses.

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  Before and after: Tuscaloosa in the tornadoes’ path

The tornadoes that tore across the south last week left a devastating trail of loss and destruction. Comparative satellite images provide a vivid portrait of what was lost.

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Fooled you: another year, another hoax

For better or for worse, putting up a prank April 1 has become de rigueur for many media outlets — from planetary purchases and motion-activated e-mail to a new frontier of Comic Sans.

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Digital tools to track the aftermath of Japan’s tsunami

Google and the crisis-mapping service Ushahidi have launched new platforms that enable users to track information about the tsunami online.

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried about climate change

The noted author and inventor predicts that in 20 years, we’ll be meeting all our energy needs with solar power.

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  Accidental imagery

A van on fire, kids ankle-deep in an inflatable pool, provoked people (mooners not included in the slideshow above), many apparent prostitutes, swimmers, climbers, congregators, arrests in progress, and many simply gawking at the camera, including penguins on an ice floe and one ear-flapping elephant. Powerful visual compositions existing at one moment, in one place, from one angle. Each has been found in the colossal repository known as Google Street View.

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Google maps a new world order

The tech behemoth has found itself at the center of a brewing international incident between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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The revolution will be … faxed?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt extols the untapped potential of the fax machine.

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